TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN IOWA

MAJOR CITIES


Des Moines

Horse Car
1868-1886 - Des Moines Street Railway Co.
1886-1893 - Des Moines Street Railroad Co.
1890 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1893-1929 - Des Moines City Railway Co.
1929-1953 - Des Moines Railway Co.
1951 - streetcars discontinued
1938-1964 - operated trolleybuses

1953-1973 - Des Moines Transit Co.
1973-2006 - Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2006)
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Des Moines-Colfax (1902-1941)/Des Moines-Woodward (1906-1949)
1902-1922 - Inter-Urban Railway Co.
1922-1949 - Des Moines & Central Iowa Railroad


Ames

Steam Dummy
1891-1892 - Ames Street Railway Co.
1892-1900 - Ames & College Railway Co.

Electric Streetcar
1907-1929 - Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Railroad Co.
1929 - streetcars discontinued

1927-1944 - Interstate Transit Lines
1944-1952 - Midwest Transit Lines
1952-1975 - Midwest Transportation

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1976)
CyRide


Burlington

Horse Car
After 1874 - Burlington Street Railway Co.
Until 1887 - Burlington City Railroad Co.
1887-1892 - Burlington Street Railroad Co.
1878-1892 - Union Street Railway Co.
1891-1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1891-1897 - Burlington Electric Railway Co.
1897-1901 - Burlington Railway & Light Co.
1901-1912 - Peoples Gas & Electric Co.
1912-1921 - Burlington Railway & Light Co.
1921-1924 - United Utilities Corp.
1924-1941 - Iowa Southern Utilities Co.
1929 - streetcars replaced with buses

1941-1958 - Burlington City Lines (National City Lines)
1958-1972 - Burlington Transit Lines

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1975)
Burlington Urban Service


Cedar Rapids

Horse Car
1882-1886 - Cedar Rapids & Marion Street Passenger Railway Co.
1886-1895 - Cedar Rapids & Marion Railway
1887-1892 - operated steam dummy
1892-1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1895-1904 - Cedar Rapids & Marion City Railway Co.
1904-1912 - Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway & Light Co.
1912-1932 - Iowa Railway & Light Co.
1932-1937 - Iowa Electric Light & Power Co.
1937 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1937-1966 - Cedar Rapids City Lines (National City Lines)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1966)
Cedar Rapids Bus Service

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
1937-1953 - Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway Co.
Cedar Rapids-Iowa City (1904-1953)/Cedar Rapids-Lisbon (1914-1928)

Replacement interurban bus service operated most years by Overland Greyhound Lines


Clinton

Horse Car
1869-1889 - Lyons Horse Railway Co.
1889-1896 - Clinton & Lyons Horse Railway Co.
1891-1896 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1891-1904 - State Electric Co.
1904-1959 - Clinton Street Railway Co.
1937 - streetcars replaced with buses

1959-1973 - Interstate Power Co.
1973-1986 - Municipal Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1986)
Municipal Transit Administration


Council Bluffs

Horse Car
1868-1886 - Council Bluffs Street Railroad
1886-1892 - Council Bluffs Street Railway Co.
1887-1890 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Steam Dummy
1886-1892 - Lake Manawa Railway Co.

Electric Streetcar
1892-1902 - Omaha & Council Bluffs Railway & Bridge Co.
1902-1948 - Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co.
1948 - streetcars replaced with buses

1948-1957 - Council Bluffs Transit Co.
1957-1972 - City Transit Lines

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1972)
Metro Area Transit


Davenport

Horse Car
1869-1895 - several companies
1888-1894 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1895-1941 - Tri-City Railway Co.
1930 - buses introduced
1940 - streetcars discontinued

1941-1950 - Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co.
1950-1974 - Davenport City Lines (National City Lines)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1974)
Citibus


Dubuque

Horse Car
1868-1899 - Dubuque Street Railroad Co.
1889-1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1899-1900 - Star Electric Co.
1900-1916 - Union Electric Co.
1914 - buses introduced
1916-1924 - Dubuque Electric Co.
1924-1973 - Interstate Power Co.
1932 - streetcars discontinued

1973-2011 - Keyline Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2011)
The Jule


Iowa City

1910-1914 - Iowa City Electric Railway Co.
1914-1930 - Mississippi Valley Electric Co.
1930 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new company

After 1930 - Iowa City Coach Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1971)
Iowa City Transit System


Mason City

1897-1936 - Mason City & Clear Lake Railroad Co.
1936 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by affiliated company

1936-1955 - Mason City Motor Coach Co.
After 1955 - City Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Mason City Transit System

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Mason City-Clear Lake (1897-1936)


Ottumwa

Mule Car
1881-1889 - Ottumwa Street Railroad Co.
1889 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1889-1892 - Ottumwa Railway Electric & Steam Co.
1892-1898 - Ottumwa Electric Railway Co.
1898-1901 - Ottumwa Electric & Steam Co.
1901-1905 - Ottumwa Traction & Light Co.
1905-1923 - Ottumwa Railway & Light Co.
1923-1925 - Ottumwa Traction Co.
1925-1941 - Iowa Southern Utilities Co.
1929-1930 - streetcars replaced with buses

1941-1951 - Ottumwa City Lines (National City Lines)
1951-1972 - Ottumwa Transit Lines
1972-2020 - Ottumwa Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
10-15 Transit


Sioux City

Horse Car
1884-1894 - Sioux City Street Railway Co.
1890 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Steam Dummy
1886-1898 - several companies

Cable Car
1891-1896 - Sioux City Cable Railway Co.

Electric Streetcar
1894-1909 - Sioux City Traction Co.
1909-1944 - Sioux City Service Co.
1944-1953 - Sioux City Transit Co.
1948 - streetcars replaced with buses

1953-1967 - Sioux City Lines (National City Lines)
1967-1969 - Sioux City Lines Inc.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Sioux City Transit

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines:
Sioux Lines


Waterloo

Horse Car
1886-1896 - Waterloo Street Railway Co.
1896 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1896-1904 - Waterloo & Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Co.
1904-1935 - Waterloo Cedar Falls & Northern Railway Co.
1923 - buses introduced
1935-1953 - Waterloo Cedar Falls & Northern Railroad Co.
1939 - streetcars discontinued

1953-1965 - St. Johns Transportation Co.
1965-1972 - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Transit Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1972)
Metropolitan Transit Authority

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Waterloo-Cedar Falls (1897-1958)/Waterloo-Waverly (1901-1954)/Waterloo-Cedar Rapids (1912-1956)

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines:
Oelwein-Waterloo Bus Line (1945-1962)


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